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Telehandler ForkliftInteractive Thorough Examination Guide

In order to abide by both LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 and receive a CFTS-approved Thorough Examination, all parts of your forklift truck must be examined for signs of damage, wear and tear or malfunctions that can jeopardise the safety of the forklift operator and any bystanders. However, there are some inspectors who claim to offer a full Thorough Examination, but in reality are only offering the basic LOLER 98 checks. A fully accredited CFTS Thorough Examiner will scrutinise all elements of your truck.

To help clarify what should be checked on your forklift when undergoing a Thorough Examination, we’ve outlined the checks for a telehandler forklift here in a helpful interactive guide.

Why not take a look at our other interactive guides for more information on the checks carried out on counterbalance, man-up, reach or rough terrain forklifts?

Telehandler * Click an area to find out more

    Loler (Lifting Parts)

    Puwer (Other Parts)

  • 1Forks

    Fork arms can become weakened through abrasion and stress, so the arm strength must be monitored. They must not be cracked or damaged in any way that prevents them from complying with ISO 5057. The locations of the forks and their end stops are also checked.
  • 2Attachments | Side Shift (If Fitted)

    If your telehandler is fit with any permanent attachment it must operate smoothly and show a full range of movement. The mount should be free from any damage or cracks that could weaken the connection. Attachments that are removable must have separate examinations twice a year.
  • 3Fork Carriage

    The tool carriage should be checked for a good latching and locking system in working condition and the pins and bushes for the tilt linkage should also be checked. If there is a load guard on your telehandler it must be attached securely.
  • 4Boom

    The boom is checked to see that it can carry out its full range of motion smoothly and safely. The boom wear pad clearance is also checked.
  • 5Chains (If Present)

    If your telehandler has boom telescopic chains they must be checked in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • 6Hydraulic Functions:

    All hydraulic functions are checked to ensure even, controlled movements. The parts are checked for damage and scoring.
  • 7Load Charts

    Load charts for your truck and any attachments must be clear and securely attached.
  • 8Controls

    Controls must be fully functional, securely mounted and marked. All linkages and cables will be inspected for damage, corrosion or any other signs of wear.
  • 9Hydraulic Systems

    Hoses, pipes, cylinders, reservoirs and filters are all fully inspected for signs of damage or debris that can affect their functioning. A prolonged load test is also carried out.
  • 10Rating Plate

    Rating plate must be visible and well attached.
  • 1Brakes

    Brakes are often left unchecked if the examination is carried out by an unaccredited body, which can be life threatening. A CFTS examination inspects all aspects of brakes including hydraulics, pneumatics, mountings, pedals, levers and linkages.
  • 2Structural Fastenings

    Holding axles, fluid reservoirs and the battery must be secure and undamaged.
  • 3Steering

    All mechanical and hydraulic elements of the steering are inspected for any signs of failure such as corrosion or excessive wear. The steering alignment is also checked to ensure complete safety.
  • 4Safety Systems

    All safety systems such as alarms, lights, interlocks and seat switches are checked for full functionality. The calibration and the Longitudinal Load Moment Indicator System (LLMI) are checked for full operation and capacity and data plates must be securely attached and easy to read.
  • 5Visibility Aids (If Present)

    Mirrors and cameras should be clean and undamaged. Cameras should be functioning correctly to ensure full visibility.
  • 6Cabs

    Cabs must be secure and screens clear and undamaged. The cab’s falling object protection system and roll over protection system must be in perfect condition to ensure the truck is safe to use.
  • 7Seat Mountings

    The seat mounting and seat base must be completely secure and any anti-vibration mechanisms checked for any signs of damage.
  • 8Seat Restraint

    Any sort of seat restraint, such as a seat belt or harness, needs to be fully functional and undamaged.
  • 9Traction System

    The engine, exhaust, prime mover and transmission are inspected for full functionality.
  • 10Chassis

    The chassis, in particular the welds, must be inspected for any signs of cracking or other damage.
  • 11Counterweight

    The counterweight is inspected to ensure it is fastened down safely and securely.
  • 12Wheels

    The wheels and the assemblies, in particular the bearings, are inspected to ensure they are securely fixed and not likely to fail or detach at any point.
  • 13Tyres

    The tyres must be in good condition and not too worn down. The air pressure must be right and the tyres securely attached. There cannot be any physical defect to the tyres such as tears or punctures.

    Loler (Lifting Parts)

  • 1Forks

    Fork arms can become weakened through abrasion and stress, so the arm strength must be monitored. They must not be cracked or damaged in any way that prevents them from complying with ISO 5057. The locations of the forks and their end stops are also checked.
  • 2Attachments | Side Shift (If Fitted)

    If your telehandler is fit with any permanent attachment it must operate smoothly and show a full range of movement. The mount should be free from any damage or cracks that could weaken the connection. Attachments that are removable must have separate examinations twice a year.
  • 3Fork Carriage

    The tool carriage should be checked for a good latching and locking system in working condition and the pins and bushes for the tilt linkage should also be checked. If there is a load guard on your telehandler it must be attached securely.
  • 4Boom

    The boom is checked to see that it can carry out its full range of motion smoothly and safely. The boom wear pad clearance is also checked.
  • 5Chains (If Present)

    If your telehandler has boom telescopic chains they must be checked in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • 6Hydraulic Functions:

    All hydraulic functions are checked to ensure even, controlled movements. The parts are checked for damage and scoring.
  • 7Load Charts

    Load charts for your truck and any attachments must be clear and securely attached.
  • 8Controls

    Controls must be fully functional, securely mounted and marked. All linkages and cables will be inspected for damage, corrosion or any other signs of wear.
  • 9Hydraulic Systems

    Hoses, pipes, cylinders, reservoirs and filters are all fully inspected for signs of damage or debris that can affect their functioning. A prolonged load test is also carried out.
  • 10Rating Plate

    Rating plate must be visible and well attached.

    Puwer (Other Parts)

  • 1Brakes

    Brakes are often left unchecked if the examination is carried out by an unaccredited body, which can be life threatening. A CFTS examination inspects all aspects of brakes including hydraulics, pneumatics, mountings, pedals, levers and linkages.
  • 2Structural Fastenings

    Holding axles, fluid reservoirs and the battery must be secure and undamaged.
  • 3Steering

    All mechanical and hydraulic elements of the steering are inspected for any signs of failure such as corrosion or excessive wear. The steering alignment is also checked to ensure complete safety.
  • 4Safety Systems

    All safety systems such as alarms, lights, interlocks and seat switches are checked for full functionality. The calibration and the Longitudinal Load Moment Indicator System (LLMI) are checked for full operation and capacity and data plates must be securely attached and easy to read.
  • 5Visibility Aids (If Present)

    Mirrors and cameras should be clean and undamaged. Cameras should be functioning correctly to ensure full visibility.
  • 6Cabs

    Cabs must be secure and screens clear and undamaged. The cab’s falling object protection system and roll over protection system must be in perfect condition to ensure the truck is safe to use.
  • 7Seat Mountings

    The seat mounting and seat base must be completely secure and any anti-vibration mechanisms checked for any signs of damage.
  • 8Seat Restraint

    Any sort of seat restraint, such as a seat belt or harness, needs to be fully functional and undamaged.
  • 9Traction System

    The engine, exhaust, prime mover and transmission are inspected for full functionality.
  • 10Chassis

    The chassis, in particular the welds, must be inspected for any signs of cracking or other damage.
  • 11Counterweight

    The counterweight is inspected to ensure it is fastened down safely and securely.
  • 12Wheels

    The wheels and the assemblies, in particular the bearings, are inspected to ensure they are securely fixed and not likely to fail or detach at any point.
  • 13Tyres

    The tyres must be in good condition and not too worn down. The air pressure must be right and the tyres securely attached. There cannot be any physical defect to the tyres such as tears or punctures.

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